After the First World War raged through the European continent at the cost of some 20 million lives, Charles Rothschild submitted to the British Government a list of 284 areas that he believed should be designated natural habitats and remain undeveloped.

The areas the lieutenant from the City of London identified included ā€œstretches of the Cornish coast, Scottish mountains, Irish bogs, shingle beaches, ancient woodlands and marshes and wetlands.ā€

By setting aside these lands, the budding entomologist and his colleagues were afforded the opportunity to study plants and insects.

Some might wish to study the graceful flight of a butterfly, or its phenomenal metamorphosis, but not Rothschild.

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